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Press Centre (12/2015)

On the Day of International Migration, UNICEF says children need urgent solutions, solidarity


Statement by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator, Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe



 



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More than 16 million babies born into conflict this year: UNICEF


Following a year of historic global agreements, world must translate promises into action to benefit most vulnerable children in 2016



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A new safe space for Syrian and Turkish girls

Şanlıurfa, December 14, 2015 – A ceremony was held today to open the first girl’s safe space for Syrian and most disadvantaged Turkish girls in Süleymaniye, Şanlıurfa. The “My Life” Center, financed by the EU Syria Regional Trust Fund (Madad) and established in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Refugee Education Trust (RET), provides free and supervised activities designed to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, with a focus on out-of-school girls. 
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Here are the reasons why girls need a safe space

While real progress has been made in recent years, girls continue to face serious disadvantages and exclusion in school and in their societies. Education and protection are fundamental rights– when girls grow up healthy, educated, safe and empowered, they can fulfill their potential to be leaders in their communities, countries and the world.

 

Together with the Government of Turkey and our partners, and with thefinancial support of the European Union Trust Fund (Madad), UNICEF is scaling up access to inclusive quality education and strengthen the protective environment around children, with a focus on out-of-school children and girls. As part of this joint action plan, the My Life Center in Süleymaniye (Şanlıurfa) was opened on 1 October 2015 to contribute to the self-learning and well-being of all girls, with a focus on out-of-school girls.  

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"There is Another You" campaign calls for 1 million promises

Istanbul, 11 December 2015–UNICEF’s Goodwill ambassador Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ joined 70 children, including children with disabilities, for an event today in Istanbul launching the “There is another you” campaign. The campaign is seeking 1 million promises from citizens across Turkey to change their attitudes on disability, especially towards children with disabilities.
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